Takemoto lives in a run down student apartment, where his greatest worry is when he'll next be able to afford to eat meat and whether he'll get to class on time. Although he's away from home and living on his own, Takemoto is far from finished growing up. Along with his crazy cast of friends, Morita, Mayama, Yamada, and Hagumi, Takemoto sets out to discover life and his true self.
(Source: VIZ Media)
Volume 10: Sora no Kotori, Hoshi no Opera
Hachimitsu to Clover won the 27th Kodansha Manga Award in shoujo category in 2007.
The series started serialization in CUTiE Comic magazine (chapters 1-14), and after suspension of the magazine, moved to Young You (chapters 15-56), and the last 8 chapters were published in Chorus (chapters 57-64).
The series was published in English as Honey and Clover by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint from March 4, 2008 to June 1, 2010.
If you’re reading these lines you’re wasting time you could have spent reading one of the best manga’s out there. But if you insist you can read my review first and then read Honey & Clover…
Honey & Clover popped up many times on my radar, but I never started it. I just thought it was another school Manga with a loli complex. Gosh was I wrong.
The story plays in an art university and being a student myself I could easily relate to the situation. If I had to cut it down, it’s really about a bunch of Students and their close surrounding. As boring as
school sounds it is a time you’ll never forget and Honey & Clover somehow manages to get exactly this into a story. Projects due to tomorrow, all-nighters, pressure, love, friendship and so on. And with just that you have a story you wish would never end.
The Art is very soft. Nothing is drawn as clean or perfect as possibl. The Art is there to emphasise the moment in the Manga. If the story focuses on the scenery in the background, you have a beautiful background. If the characters and what they think is important, you know it without reading the text. The way everything is drawn is to convey something and not to take your attention away. Although sometimes you will fall of your chair laughing because of some hilarious facial expressions.
I would have given Story and Art 10/10 but then there would have been no difference between them and the characters in this manga. Because these characters are so lifelike you can always relate to them and their situations. When they go through hardship and come out stronger on the other side you easily get some wisdom for your life too (At least that’s what I’m telling myself 02:00 in the morning before a big test…). You may call me forever alone, or sad or whatever, but not reading this manga every day is like not seeing some of your friends regularly and after finishing it you’ll miss them dearly.
I have never enjoyed any written word or drawn thing as much as this manga, so yeah I did enjoy it quite a lot. There were situations when I had to bury my face in the pillow or otherwise my laughter would have woken the neighbours. Just yesterday I was in the bus reading but couldn’t go on because it was such an emotional scene that the bus didn’t seem to be the right place for it. And many times, especially in the end I had shivers running down my spine. I could go on like, but I’ll spare you from that ^^
Overall a 10/10. Pick it up, read one or two chapters and try to leave it at that. Just don’t start during exam time or something like that, I warned you. You can’t hold me responsible for that :P
This is an oddly enjoyable manga. It's very simple and basic, the drawings just plain, clean lines, But something addicts you to reading it. It's a fun manga, barely any deep feelings, But then, when there are, It's described so thoroughly and whole-heartedly it makes you cry. (unless it's something happy being described)it's hilarious too. I can't stop laughing when i read this.
SPOILER (Sort of)
there's this part where one of the main characters builds a tower thing for his grad project, and the teachers stand there and are like "it's good but.." so the guys friend takes a piece of wood and makes up a
name for the tower and writes it in marker and props it up against the tower and then, suddenly the teachers are like" OMG this is amazing. It deserves an A, how the name looks so so thrown together, almost shabby makes it a masterpiece!!!!" :)
I have such a soft spot for college manga. Genshiken and Honey and Clover are top-tier manga in my book. For this review, I'm going to go over Honey and Clover. Honey and Clover is a Shoujo romcom written by Chika Umino. It focuses on five friends (Technically six). Takemoto, Mayama, Morita, Yamada, and Hagumi. Hanamoto is good friends with everyone, but saying he's apart of the main group is a stretch. The main characters are students of a art college.
Takemoto, I feel, is the most normal of the group, he can be childish at times, but that's really it; Mayama is the parent/grown up
of the group; Morita is practically a man-child (In a good way). Shinobu Morita is such a hysterical and endearing character, and that's especially true after witnessing some of his best moments. *Cough* *Cough* Chapter twenty *Cough* *Cough*; Yamada, the energetic, positive girl who's in love with Mayama; and finally Hagumi, the adorable, timid girl who has a strong passion for painting, and just art in general. This manga's pacing in the first half is fast as hell! The first five/six volumes take place in the span of three years! The pacing does slow down a little more after a while, though. With each chapter the months just seem to fly by.
Very few significant things happen in this manga, a few of the characters fall in love with each other, character's backstories are revealed later on, as well as motives, and that's really about it. The main cast of characters just live their daily lives with each other, and that's completely fine. I love some of the emotional moments this manga has to convey, nonetheless, I'm more attracted to the slice of life elements. There are many fun and hilarious moments in this manga that I will never forget! Like the Moon River ringtone (I love that song.), Morita singing "My Way" (I also love that song.), chapter twenty, Yamada kicking Morita off a building, by accident, more shit with Morita, and Hanamoto's confession near the end.
This was one hell of a ride! I'm really going to miss these characters so much. Last thing, the art is cute and I love it, nuff said! 9 out of 10 would read again!
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